200 volunteers from an Austin church participate in Day of Service

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by ASHLEY GOUDEAU / KVUE News and Photojournalist DEREK RASOR

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Posted on April 20, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 20 at 6:41 PM

AUSTIN -- Saturday morning the members of Saint David's Episcopal Church took the message they learn inside the sanctuary walls into the community.

"Ultimately, we're about the transformation of souls, beginning with our own," said St. David's Rector David Boyd.

Some of the youngest members of the parish plant gardens at the Marshall Apartments in East Austin.

"So we can make their place more beautiful and they can admire it more," said 10-year old volunteer Evan Scariano.

When they were done, the children and their parents took breakfast to the complex courtyard.

Back downtown, volunteers paint the Trinity Center.

"It's open as a drop in center for the homeless. We have all kinds of ministries and opportunities that we offer and it needs a little sprucing up because it gets well used," said Boyd.

Among the volunteers are a handful of the people that come to the Trinity Center to receive help. They say that this is just their way of giving back.

"I want to give back to what these people are really giving me too you know. And to be a part of that it's just, it's important. It's important to our life," said John Tompkins who is volunteering.

Tompkins says he is living at the ARCH while he's trying to find a home. He says coming to the Trinity Center gives him a much needed pick me up.

"I get breakfast. I get a little spiritual aspect added to my life everyday," Tompkins said. 

From lifting people up to teaching the children life's simple lessons, the volunteers say this day of service is in fact helping them.

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